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Issue:- Saturday, 28 November 2015

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 8.

WarGames all set to open

A brand new local business, called WarGames, is about to open on Southport's historic Lord Street, thanks to help from the likes of Kickstarter. The clever marketing, from a mock zombie attack, shown on a video on YouTube, to postings on forum websites has shown just how effective the internet can be. On Kickstarter alone, they have had 95 backers, pledging £5,050 to help bring this project to life just shows which can be done with good internet marketing. Other businesses in Southport should take note, as often they see the web as the kiss of death, but in fact they should be making use of it more. When we first learned about the project, it seemed a bit out of place, as Southport has been haemorrhaging jobs and loosing businesses for some time and has been losing the younger shoppers for years. A massive shop selling all types of tabletop, CCG and board games online and in store, it is more a shop that you would expect in a major City, like Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham or even in the capital, London! It's hard to see the scale of this project, until you go to the venue, that is located in what was an old Pizza Hut. It's like a Tardifs inside, with 3 floors to be opened to the public, that stretch back and back... The old building is also very historic and one of the oldest on Lord Street, so when they started work inside, they found old fireplaces and decorative fittings. Most these fixtures and fitting that had been uncovered have been restored by the staff, and will be incorporated into the new look. This will give the shop very unusual look.

Martin McNeil:- said:- "We have been delayed, thanks to the state of the building, a long battle with the world's worst solicitors and other factors, but we see light now at the end of the tunnel. It's hard for us to think we are about to open WarGames in Southport! It is really happening! When we first came into the building and it was a dirty shell.... Most people in Southport thought we had lost the plot! As we started cleaning it up, we kept finding things that had been hidden behind cheap panelling. One of our staff joked about ghosts and zombies, it was that spooky! This shop has so much history hidden, we did not know what to expect each time we moved something, it would reveal a new surprise! As if I had opened a YouTube channel, around 18 months ago, and this shell kept revealing lost history. That was when we had the idea of doing a funny video. This lead on to our YouTube, Zombie horror movie film, and that captured even more people's attention! But this hidden side of the building has also helped in a totally different way as well as inspiring one of our many internet marketing campaigns. Some of the old decorative features, we cannot save, but the majority of it we could, so we decided to do our best to preserve them and build it into our designs. Our aim has always been to get away from the traditional, rather dingy image of games workshops, and this was a gift to us! Using fittings like the traditional fireplaces we hope will win back adults, who do most role play and that strategy game shops have over looked. At WarGames, we want to make this place open and inviting to both kids and adults, so like big chain stores, like Debenhams, we wanted things to look amazing. Finding these fire places and fittings, we hope will do just that! We have invested over £75,000 in transforming the shop into our dream and we know that this is just the start. We also know that sales on high streets are falling and internet sales increasing, so we will be looking at ways to keep our strong internet presence and hopefully building it up well. But the shop will not be just a show room or warehouse. We want it to be far more interactive and offer far more than just a place for kids to go and play a few rounds of a set game, that that shop is currently promoting. We will be hosting lots of events over 2016, letting our customers come in and try out all the games on offer. Plus if you want any we don't stock, we want to know and we will see if we can get it. We will also have everything needed to build, paint and play the games that we sell. If you don't know how to do that, we will be holding workshops to help you with that endeavour. We even plan to have a chill out zone too, where you can have a coffee or a soft drink.  So if big kid or small kid, please pop in to WarGames and find out more, very soon!!!"

Just to add.... this amazing place has already attracted some of the biggest franchises in the world, such as Star Wars, DC and Marvel Comics, so keep an eye online and offline to see what happens next!  We have a few bits to put our soon so keep an eye on here as well!

We an also confirm that WarGames, Southport, will be officially opening on 12 December 2015 and might be open sooner, if they can.

Please watch our YouTube video interview with Martin McNeil by clicking play below.

Liverpool's truly magic Christmas has started!

LIVERPOOL'S Christmas Lights are now on and also the Jack Frost on Snowflake Trail has started.  This Festive Season the City hoes to bring you some sparkle and entertainment as you shop. You can just take in the sites and sounds of the Christmas Market, follow the Snowflake Trail, have a skate at the rink in Liverpool One, or catch amazing shows that the City is hosting.  For example, since the 13 November Liverpool One and surrounding area have the Christmas Tree and ice Festival, and since the 19 November the Jack Frost on Snowflake Trail has been running.  Then on since 28 November, see the spectacular ships and tradional family fun at the Albert Dock.  plus on 9 December Radio City will host Christmas Live at the Echo Arena, plus lots more... See OneMagicalCity.Com for all the latest news and to see what's on!

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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